We all already know that Disney has a habit of taking dark, twisted fairy tales and turn them into a sweet happily ever after tales. Take the example of Sleeping Beauty: it’s based on a story where a married man finds a girl sleeping and can’t wake her up, so he rapes her instead.
Pinocchio is no exception; it’s already a strange tale; the original story of Pinocchio turns out to be scary than the well-known Disney rendition.
The original story of Pinocchio
Le avventure di Pinocchio was written by an Italian author Carlo Collodi. Collodi already had an experience translating french stories into his native Italian language. One beautiful day, he was invited to give a shot at original productions, and he found success with Pinocchio.
Pinocchio was first published back in 1881 in a children’s magazine Giornale per I Bambini. Children’s literature was a new field during that time. By this time, the Grimm brothers had already written and published more than 200 fairy tales. And it’s said that the Grimm Brothers influenced Collodi.
It first ran as a series, and it was regularly featuring in Giornale magazine once in every four-month.
Collodi finished off the adventures of his albeit impetuous, magical, boy when Pinocchio is hanged for his faults.
This scary ending and turn of events didn’t stop the story’s popularity.
Readers were obsessed with the story and wanted more of Pinocchio. Using the power of fairy tales, Collodi revives Pinocchio through the Blue fairy magic, and the wooden boy continues onto more foolhardy and mischievous adventures. This revival of the Pinocchio brought on twice as many episodes and ending it off like the way Disney ending the movie.
Pinocchio, in the original Italian Fairy tale, is the son of Geppetto. Geppetto was a loving man who was always wishing for a son. Geppeto is a carpenter, and he one day finished working on a wooden marionette named Pinocchio. After completing the work, he wished to a falling star, was Pinocchio was real. During the night, a magical blue fairy came to Geppeto’s workshop and gave life to a wooden marionette, but he still is a puppet.
From there on, Pinocchio goes from adventure to adventure, losing money in gambling to being duped consecutively by the same person, and he was failing to the son Geppeto always wanted to have.
In the original edition, the cricket that tells the story of Pinocchio is killed by Pinocchio himself.
Well, the original story of Pinocchio is scarier, within the ending getting hanged for all his mischiefs. But this was changed in Disney, and we are thankful to Disney for doing that, otherwise, this fun to watch movie could have been a scary one. Additionally, if Disney would have gone ahead with the original storyline, out favorite cricket would have got killed by Pinocchio at the very beginning of the movie.